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Texas Runoff Maps Show Extent of Low Voter Turnout

Dan Patrick won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor with 65 percent of the votes in Tuesday's runoff election, but he earned votes from only 3.5 percent of registered Texas voters.

Maps of voter turnout rates by county in Tuesday's runoffs for U.S. Senate and lieutenant governor paint ghostly pictures of Texas.

State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor with 65 percent of the votes cast in last night's runoff election, but he earned votes from only 3.5 percent of registered Texas voters, according to the secretary of state.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, the 145,000 voters who nominated David Alameel of Dallas represented just 1 percent of the people who can vote in Texas.

Overall, the combined statewide turnout in Tuesday's runoffs was 951,461 — lower than the March 4 primary number of 1.8 million, and the 1.3 million turnout in the last primary runoffs in July 2012. Texas has 13.6 million registered voters, according to the secretary of state.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/29/runoff-draws-lower-turnout-march-primary/.

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